Wireless alarm systems
Wireless alarm systems connect through radio signals instead of wires. They are generally more expensive than wired systems, and each monitor requires batteries to run, which will increase the overall running cost. However, it is possible to fit a wireless alarm system yourself, meaning you won’t have to pay extra for installation.
Wireless alarm systems are easy to expand by adding more sensors, and they’re also much easier to take with you if you move house than a wired alarm system would be.
- Easy to set up
- Easy to expand
Smart alarm systems
A smart home security system connects to your smartphone or tablet and allows you to control your home security remotely. You can set it up to notify you if your alarm is triggered.
A smart home system can be personalised to suit your needs, so you can fit CCTV cameras, additional sensors, smart plugs, smart lights and more to improve your overall home security. You can install the additional features yourself, but without the help of an installation expert, there’s a chance you might not place all of the items in the best possible location.
You will need a mobile signal or an internet connection to receive notifications and control your smart home devices when you’re not home, so this might not be ideal for people living or working in remote areas.
If you already have some smart home features like smart heating, a smart alarm system makes a valuable addition and can be set up to run on the same hub.
Smart alarm systems can be expensive, and will likely be costlier than wired and wireless alarms. Adding extra smart home accessories to your system can also be pricey.
- Can be managed remotely
- Easy to personalise
- Ties in with your existing smart home system
Dialler burglar alarms
These automatically call nominated phone numbers of friends, family, neighbours or yourself when triggered. Once notified, your chosen contacts can either visit your home to investigate or else call the police. You can enter up to 10 people to contact, which will be dialled in priority order. Also known as auto diallers, there are two types:
Speech diallers use your phone line to call assigned numbers. You’ll need a landline and wires connecting your alarm to your telephone.
GSM diallers use mobile network signals, so they will need a Sim card with credit to make contacts when required, as well as a telephone signal.
With a monitoring contract, you pay a fee each month or annually to have your alarm system monitored. The alarm system connects to a receiving centre, which is notified every time the alarm is triggered.
The receiving centre will then call your home landline and ask for password identification. If nobody answers, or if the identification is incorrect, the centre will contact your chosen keyholder or the police. The keyholder must live within 20 minutes of your home, be able to drive, and have access to your home.
With a monitoring contract, the dedicated company can be held liable if no action is taken when your alarm is triggered.